For Puffiness, Eye Bags & Dark Circles
Okay, so no matter how gimmicky it may sound, these three below are my all rounders. Something I resort to to get rid of that hangover looking eyes. They have a cooling effect to them that 'wakes' up the eyes and are intensely hydrating. The Skin Wisdom Instant Benefits is a roll on tube, the metal ball from which is super soothing and effective at moving those fluids around. The Anatomicals one is specifically to combat eye bags and puffiness and reduces them slowly but surely, if you're looking for a cheap, frills free, simple alternative. Eyesilix on the the other hand is a fancy all rounder from Indeed Labs that I cannot live without. It makes the eye area look well hydrated and I can definitely see it fading the effect of dark circles and fine lines over time.
For Firming and Anti-Wrinkle
The two gems below are my favourite to tighten and firm the under eye area. If you are particularly looking for taut, smooth, wrinkle free skin - then these would be your best bet. I usually avoid such 'firming' creams as in the past I have found them to dry out my skin and make it crack however these ones are nicely hydrating as well which acts as a cherry on the top. The Re-affirm Eye Serum contains Sodium Hyaluronate to hydrate and promote collagen production and works great to tighten the upper eye lid as well. Living Nature's Firming Eye Cream works effectively at making those very fine lines disappear and includes Harakeke extract, New Zealand's oldest plant that works best at healing and soothing.
For Illuminating & Brightening
I have left these for the last as in effect they would be my last step to recover an 'eye hangover'. These are multi purpose products that are skin care but contain illuminating particles (not glitter!) so are in between skincare and make-up. The light reflecting particles they contain not only reflect back light taking attention away from the purply-blue dark circles but are equally hydrating leaving eyes looking fresh. The Skin Therapy Untired Eye Cream contains a colour corrector and finely milled golden reflective shimmer particles that glisten the under eye area like you're back from a holiday.
The Murad Hybrid Eye Lift Illuminator and Perfector pens are ingenious as one is peachy to conceal and brighten and the other is lilacy in colour to counteract the dullness and sallowness. If you have good skin to begin with, you can use these as a concealer and if not, then these work great before or after applying concealer.
If you have similar items lying around in your skincare them this is the time to get them out and and give your eyes the much needed TLC it needs. If not, I hope this provided you with options and alternatives to try out.